Vietnam's industrial production has shown signs of recovery this year, rising 5.9 percent compared to last year, the General Statistics Office reported.

Industrial production grew significantly in all four quarters, the office said, noting that the country's IIP rose 5 percent in the first quarter of 2013, continuing to increase 5.5 percent, 5.4 percent and 8 percent in the second, third and fourth quarters.

In December alone, the country's IIP surged 7 percent, of which the processing and manufacturing sector increased 8.8 percent; production and distribution of electricity sector jumped 8.7 percent; water supply-sewage-waste management soared 10.1 percent; and the mining sector inched up 0.7 percent.

This year, the processing and manufacturing sector rebounded significantly, rising 7.4 percent, much higher than 5.5 percent growth of last year. The sector's IPP made a leap in the last quarter, surging 10.1 percent after increasing 5.3 percent in Q1, 6.9 percent in Q2 and 7.8 percent in Q3.

Some processing and manufacturing industries posting high IIP increases during the year included the garment and textile industry (up 21.8 percent); leather and related products (up 15.3 percent); prefabricated metal products (up 14.4 percent); motor vehicles (up 13.5 percent); medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry (up 11.6 percent) and costumes (up 10.4 percent).

Besides the processing and manufacturing sector, production and distribution of electricity sector, and the water supply-sewage-waste management sector, also contributed to the country's IIP increase this year, as they rose 8.5 percent and 9.1 percent, respectively.

According to data released by the office, Da Nang topped the list of cities and provinces having high IIP growth this year with a 10.5 percent increase.

Quang Nam, Binh Duong and Hai Duong followed with jumps of 9.6, 8.7 and 8.1 percent, respectively. Also, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi posted increases of 6.3 and 4.5 percent, respectively.

The office further reported that the inventory index in the industrial sector improved, rising only 10.2 percent by December 1 against a surge of 21.5 percent early this year.-VNA